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ACTION ALERT 2/20/17: Register for COSSA’s 2017 Science Policy Conference & Social Science Advocacy Day

Why get involved in advocacy?

COSSA works hard every day to communicate the importance of social and behavioral science research to policymakers. But ultimately, the most powerful stories come from people who can speak from experience about what it is like to apply for a federal grant, conduct research, or watch as their findings reach (or fail to reach) a broader audience.

In a survey conducted by the Congressional Management Foundation, 94 percent of Congressional staff said that constituent visits have “some” or “a lot” of influence on an undecided Member of Congress—more than any other strategy for communicating with Congress. And social and behavioral scientists are not just any constituents—they bring invaluable expertise on a wealth of important issues facing our nation.

Educating policymakers about social and behavioral science research—and its contributions to sound public policy—is especially important because these sciences are not always well understood on Capitol Hill or in some federal agencies.


Get Started

Find your Member of Congress.

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Once you have identified your delegation, you can do a little background research to aid in your advocacy efforts. You might want to find out what committees and subcommittees they serve on or if they belong to any relevant caucuses (informal groups of Members formed around issues of mutual interest). Each Member of Congress maintains a website where you can find detailed information on their legislative priorities and policy positions.

Sign up for Action Alerts.

Subscribe to COSSA’s Advocacy list to be alerted to opportunities to take action in support of social and behavioral science.

Read our Advocacy Handbook.


Ways to Get Involved

Participate in the 2017 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day.

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Join the March for Science on April 22

More details coming soon!

Contact your member of Congress

Respond to a COSSA Action Alert.

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Set up a meeting with your Congressional office—in DC or in your home district.
Call or write to your Members of Congress.

COSSA’S Advocacy Resources


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  • Advocacy Handbook
    This handbook is intended to provide COSSA members with an introduction to the federal policymaking process and offer basics and best practices for advocating for the social and behavioral sciences.
  • State-by-State Funding Fact Sheets
    These double-sided factsheets showcase the amount of federal social science research funding goes to each state, and includes information on the leading recipient institutions and sources of funding. They are helpful for articulating to policy makers the local economic impact of social science research funding.
  • Recommendations to the Trump Administration
    This report to the Trump Administration, Social and Behavioral Science Research: Essential to keeping America competitive, prosperous, and safe outlines ten policy steps that the Administration can take to support the U.S. research enterprise and use social science research in support of evidence-based policy making.